After you have filled every nook and cranny, you might be surprised by how much more you can squeeze in with a few of these techniques.
Baskets, Boxes, and Bins
Just when you thought you’d run out of room to increase storage space in your home, along comes a basket, box, or bin that looks like an innocent decoration but can act as clever camouflage.
Look around the house. Old wooden crates, pretty baskets, and even plastic bins can sit in a corner holding blankets, toys, books, or whatever else you can think of.
They’re also so very handy when you have company is coming and need to perform a quick clean-up. Keep some extra baskets and things around for just such times.
Add More Shelving
Your cabinets and linen closets are full, but is there wall space available? Looking around, you may find you can squeeze another shelf into the bathroom or a bookcase into the living room. Who knows?
Shelving instantly gets items off the floor and counters, clearing up space. There are many types of shelving and installation options to choose from. Bookshelves, floating shelves, and open shelving are just a few possibilities.
Look at your storage area in the basement. Maybe you can put together some inexpensive industrial-style shelving units and or organize the space. Or how about the garage? Is there an area where shelving can go up?
Bathrooms and kitchens benefit greatly from stylish shelving storage. Remove the doors from old cabinets and hang them in the kitchen or bathroom for a vintage look. Or try stainless steel shelves for a more streamlined, modern style.
Once you start, you might end up with more shelving than you ever thought possible!
some home storage ideas to consider
Purge, Repurpose, and Give Away
The best way to increase storage space in your home is to get rid of items that don’t need to be there. Spend a weekend cleaning out the basement, garage, and closets, and you might find you have more storage space than you thought.
Upcycling is a term that means taking old things and rethinking their use. A rusty old bucket in the garage looks like garbage for now, but with some cleaning and a coat of spray paint, it could become storage for the kids’ array of flip flops over the summer. Look around and have some fun repurposing items for storage.
After some purging, you’ll find that some items are no longer useful to you but could be to someone else. Load up your vehicle with those things, and find a donation center. You’ll create storage space for yourself while helping someone in need.
Enjoy purging, repurposing, and giving things away. Then enjoy finding a place for everything so that everything’s in its place.
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